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22 September - 4 October 2022

Maria Zimpel /research residency

Research for the Love Project

In Love Project, Maria Zimpel will further explore her idea of the body as transmitter and the idea of embodied nature together with former Forsythe Company dancer Yasutake Shimaji and renowned filmmaker Claudio von Planta - this time in dance duet, in connection with Four Elements (earth, water, fire, air) and also on a micro level. The Love Project is not about romantic love. It is about love in the sense of energy - energy that pushes water up inside the tree trunk to nourish the leaves, energy that makes the trees communicate with each other. Energy that enables the slime mould - a single-celled amoeba organism - to make decisions and form a social body with other slime moulds.

Courtesy of the Artist. Photo: Claudio von Planta

Maria Zimpel choreographer, dance artist. She is exploring limits of physicality and creates her own dance language. Her choreographies are often modular structures based on semi repetitive movement patterns. She draws on somatics, autobiographical abstraction and broadly understood perception in movement. She is an author of many solo and collaborative projects, such as Noish~, (2015, SBNT, Poznań) Body and Fiction (2018, CSW/U-jazdowski, Warsaw), Space Gives Place (2020, K3 Hamburg), film WATERDANCES/Yes Poems in collaboration with Claudio von Planta (2021, K3, Muzeum Susch), Motions of Revolution in collaboration with Wacałw Zimpel and Sara Kałużna (2022, Kampnagel Hamburg) shown internationally. As a dancer she worked with radical artists such as: Rosalind Crisp, Isabelle Schad, Kat Valastur. Studied „Dance, Choreography and Context” at HZT (Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz) in Berlin at University of the Arts (UdK), and Cultural Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and the Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Her choreography „Noish~” was selected for the European Platform AerowavesTwenty 2016, and Polish Dance Platform in 2017. During the K3 residency in Hamburg 2019/2020, she combined the research in quantum physics and dance, exploring the idea of dance as an elementary force creating and transforming places. In 2021 with support of National Performance Network NPN-Stepping Out and Muzeum Susch, Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, she directed and performed in a full length experimental dance film WATERDANCES/Yes Poems. Maria is also a GYROKINESIS® trainer with her practice based in STUDIO Hammerdeich in Hamburg, where she is an associated artist for dance and choreographic research. Since 2021 her creative work is supported by Kampnagel Theatre Hamburg.

Discover earlier projects by Maria Zimpel here.